This past Sunday, I preached a sermon at The Blue Point Bible Church, against compromise utilizing the details from the Balak and Balaam narrative of Numbers chapters 22-25. You can listen to that sermon at the following link, http://www.buzzsprout.com/11630/2040948-11-10-bpbc-worship-service
In aforementioned sermon I highlighted New Testament texts that give us further information for our Spiritual discernment in marking out and moving away from compromise and disobedience. The texts I marked out, which either highlight areas of disobedience or obedience, are 2 Peter chapter 2, the Book of Jude, and Revelation 2:14.
The remainder of this blog will be an examination of those texts in light of our being desirous to never compromise.
In 2 Peter chapter 2, we see the areas of disobedience and what we want to abstain from:
– Damnable heresies, denying the redeeming work of the Lord (v. 1)
– Causing the way of truth to be spoken evil of (v. 2)
– Covetousness and fakeness revealed through your words (v. 3)
– Vexing the righteous among you (v. 8)
– Walk after the flesh by desiring unclean things and despising government/ authority (v. 10)
– Presumptuous, self-willed, and speaking against others (v. 10)
– Speaking evil of things you don’t understand (v. 12)
– Pleasuring of rioting in the day time (deceiving oneself, eyes full of adultery, cannot cease from sin) (v. 13-14)
– Forsaking the way you know to be right (v. 15)
– Loving wages of unrighteousness (v. 15)
– Speaking swelling words of vanity (v. 18)
– Being allured and entangled yet again by the corruption of the world (v. 20-22).
It is these things that could very well lead to a seared conscience if one continues in them. Therefore, if you examined this list and felt convicted, mark that thing out and move against it. Don’t follow the way of Balaam and suffer devastation because of compromise through disobedience.
In the Book of Jude, we find aspects of obedience and disobedience marked out for us (do’s and don’ts):
– Do content for the faith delivered to the saints (v. 3)
– Don’t turn the grace of God into lasciviousness (v.4)
– Don’t deny Jesus Christ
– Don’t fornicate
– Don’t be carnal by despising those who have authority over you (v. 8)
– Don’t speak evil of things you do not know (v. 10)
– Don’t walk after your own selfish desires (v. 16)
– Do remember words of the Apostles and Jesus Christ
– Don’t mock others (v. 18)
– Don’t separate yourself to sensuality rather than the Spirit (v. 19)
– Do build yourself up in the faith and pray in the Holy Spirit (v. 20)
– Keep yourself in the love of God (v. 21)
– Have compassion and make a difference, thus saving others from the fire (v. 22-23)
– Hate everything even spotted by carnality (v. 23)
Jude provides for ample opportunity of introspection. Prayerfully, we find ourselves compelled to do rather than spending our time worrying about the “don’ts. If we truly set our eyes on Jesus, the Author and Perfecter of our faith, we should find walking in the light almost naturally leads us away from the darkness. Doing right leaves little room for doing wrong.
Our last text to examine is Revelation 2:14, wherein we read, “But I have a few things against you, because you have held to the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balak to cast a stumbling-block before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed to idols and to commit fornication”.
Now notice, “the doctrine of Balaam” is not committing such things, as we have already noted we should move away from, but rather the compromising spirit that leads the people of God into such things. May we endeavor to grow in the grace and knowledge of God as we mark out and move away from compromise.
I trust you will continually use this as an examination against such compromise. I conclude this blog with the following wisdom from Joyce Meyers, “Compromise means to go just a little bit below what you know is right. It’s just a little bit, but it’s the little foxes that spoil the vine”.
In Service to Him,
Pastor Michael Miano